'Night Watch'Gabrielle Raaff at Salon 91
Working with the ephemeral qualities of watercolour and ink, Raaff explores certain spatial conditions of figurative and architectural form within the urban realm. Her latest works see a return to oil and a more intuitive, visceral exploration of the internal landscape of the subconscious.
'In this new body of work titled ‘Night Watch’, I return to oil (water based), a medium used in my early career and with it, a return to a more visceral exploration of the internal landscape of the subconscious. There is a re-kindling of the mysterious chemistry of the artist, the paint, the surface and intuition.
The works in oil are heady with nostalgia yet the intense use of colour and deliberate scarcity of detail suggest a lack of ease similar to that of a dream or nightmare. The ink works on paper are inspired by full moon photographs of my garden taken in the early hours of the morning, a time when thoughts trigger memories, which in turn become dreams.
Together these paintings mark a shift in my personal process as a painter and with that the creating of fertile ground for the new.'
18 February - 14 March